THE ABSENCE OF A CREATIVE FOCUS IN THE CONVENTIONAL ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS: IDENTIFYING RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES TO ADDRESS THIS

Louzanne Oosthuizen, PJ Vlok

Abstract


This paper synthesises an overview of various models of the engineering design process with an overview of the most relevant theories within the field of creativity studies to conclude that (i) creativity plays a role throughout the engineering design process, and it is possible to incorporate creativity into the engineering design process in a systematic manner; (ii) doing so, at the very least, holds significant potential for economic benefit; and (iii) due to the complex interplay between creativity and the wide range of factors that influence it, organisational climates and management practices cannot simply be assumed to support creativity effectively. It is proposed that organisations be managed proactively to support creativity in engineering design. For this study, a structured literature search protocol was implemented to determine whether there is any evidence in the literature that engineering organisations are being managed proactively with this in mind; none was found. Two opportunities for future research are suggested based on these findings: (i) the development of a framework to guide the proactive management of engineering organisations to support creativity; and (ii) the development of mechanisms for measuring creativity in engineering organisations and engineering design. 


Keywords


Creativity; Creativity in engineering; Engineering design

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/27-1-1297

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Copyright (c) 2016 Louzanne Oosthuizen, PJ Vlok


ISSN 2224-7890 (on-line)


Powered by OJS and hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service since 2011.


Disclaimer:

This journal is hosted by the SU LIS on request of the journal owner/editor. The SU LIS takes no responsibility for the content published within this journal, and disclaim all liability arising out of the use of or inability to use the information contained herein. We assume no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any breaches of agreement with other publishers/hosts.

SUNJournals Help